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Ballot measures may get harder

October 13, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Proponents of a ballot measure to restrict ballot measures call it a financial necessity. Opponents say it would be a near-crippling blow to a form of direct democracy that Arizona has used since statehood.

Under the proposition on the Nov. 4 ballot, no initiatives that raise taxes or require new spending could take effect unless they're approved by a majority of registered voters.

That is a much higher hurdle than the current requirement -- that an initiative get approval from a majority of voters casting ballots.

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